Recently our hand picked Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, confirmed my theory that our politicians are required to “check in their brains” at the doors of Parliament. [Read more…]
About two years ago I started to implement the paperless office. But it was buying on Amazon, not Australian Retail Business that provided the kick start.
Now, as I sit at my desk about to buy another scanner I am faced with a dilemma. I know what I am going to do to resolve this dilemma, but I feel a bit bad about the decision.
I have been using a Canon P-150 Portable Scanner to scan virtually all incoming paper documents. The resultant PDF files are stored in Evernote. This combination actually made the possibility of the paperless office a reality.
- the scanner is small enough to sit on my desk, next to my screen
- the scanner has a automatic document feeder (ADF) so I just place the document in the feeder and press GO
- the scanner does both sides of each page automatically with no blank pages
- the software handling the scanned image effortlessly moves the generated PDF into Evernote
- Evernote handles all of the document storage with ease (filename, tags etc)
- Evernote automatically carries out OCR conversion of the scanned PDF and adds the result to a full text index of all my documents
- as a bonus, on my Mac computers, the scanned documents are integrated into Spotlight (if you don’t know what Spotlight is I feel sorry for you!)
- and a further bonus is that Google searches with Chrome, optionally automatically include the results of the search of my Evernote documents
- using Evernote means that all of my documents are available on any of my computing devices, anywhere I am (desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone, office, home, on the road!
- finally, Evernote makes it possible to selectively, and securely, share my documents with staff, family and others
So, it was the combination of the P-150 and Evernote that made this possible? Well not quite, the actual trigger was Amazon! Yes, I bought the P-150 on Amazon for $245. Then the exact same unit retailed for $499 locally. At the time, I influenced several other people to enrich Amazon by following suit.
Nothing has changed! The scanner I want to add to my workflow is a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i $283 delivered from Amazon, $399 delivered from Officeworks!
If you have been thinking of going paperless, Evernote plus a SnapScan or P-150 makes the decision a no brainer. Amazon makes it possible.
You guessed it, I clicked the Amazon “Place your order now” button. What would you do?
AND, the question for the Australian Retail Business is … who is making the additional 41% it costs to buy locally?
Just a little experiment really. Captured these sounds while in the Lerderderg State Park a couple of weeks ago.
This Video was captured on my hand-held iPhone 4S during a recent drive through the Lerderderg State Park
I have started a petition on change.org to try and tell the Victorian Government and Victoria Police that we did not give them a mandate to kill innocent Victorians while attempting to apprehend alleged wrong-doers
And why did I bother? The truth is that I am appalled that 5 Victorians have been killed as a result of high speed chases in the last few weeks. I could only laugh in anger when, yet again, the police press release stated that the fatal crash occurred “just after they called off the chase”. In other words, when it looked like our actions were about to result in another tragedy, “let’s bail, then it won’t be our fault”. How stupid are they to think that we would accept that hogwash?
But the tipping point was reading the words from Commander Trevor Carter reported in The Age (along with what appears to be implicit support from Premier Ted Baillieu). The Commander is reported to have said that he thought that “the current pursuit policy appeared to already strike the right balance”. Perhaps he can tell us how many successful prosecutions resulting from high speed car chases in the last few weeks “balanced” the negative results of 5 deaths and more serious injuries of innocent Victorians.
If you agree, please sign the petition and tell your friends about it.
Even though we were well overdue for an overhaul here, the new minimalist look has been forced as a result of a hacking attempt on my server. This act of wanton bastardry has meant that, for the last week, all I have been doing is trying to restore sites, domains and email accounts to a working position. Not fun!
The logical extensión of your stance is to say that, if exporting refugees to a country where we can guarantee they will be mistreated doesn’t work, we will have to sink their boats and watch them drown.
The basis of our policy should be how to help the refugees, NOT how to make the outcome of asking for help so much worse than the tyranny they are fleeing that the latter is more fun.
Shame on you, shame on your policy, shame on your Government. In this respect you, your policy and your Government are CRUEL, EMBARRASING and simply UNAUSTRALIAN.
I urge you to find the moral strength to ignore the voices of pathetic spin doctors reacting to the bellowing of illiterate rednecks. It simply cannot be impossible for you to implement a civilised solution to the plight of men, women and children fleeing from barbaric persecution.
According to The Age, Ikebal Patel, president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said ‘‘I think any individual, whether they’re Muslim or Jewish, should be allowed to have meat on their table that is in accordance with their religious beliefs.’‘ Hey man, we don’t even have the right to swear in public, what on earth makes you think that you have the right to torture innocent creatures?
It seems that without asking our views, our State and Federal governments agree and have sanctioned legalised torture of livestock in many local abattoirs. Don’t these idiots in power understand that civilized Australians do not condone any form of brutality against any living thing?
More importantly, don’t they understand that we do not condone any barbaric behavior based on lunatic, so called religious, beliefs?
Religions which do not even give humans of the female persuasion equal rights have no place in our civilized society and we certainly do not need to make any allowances for the medieval practices of barbarians.
If you don’t like Aussie meat, eat vegetables!
What is depicted in the Four Corners Program A Bloody Business can only appall any civilised human being. It simply is not good enough to make out it isn’t happening, or hide behind some smokescreen of it’s out of our control.
My simple suggestion is “No stunning, No cattle”. If we can send troops to Afganistan to try an effect change against almost insurmountable odds, WE CAN and MUST stop this cruelty right now.
I have just completed sending the following letter to all of the Federal Politicians representing me. Please consider taking similar action. [Read more…]